Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 1, 2007

Ain't it Cool News says NBC's "Heroes" spin-off "Heroe's: Origins" is a no-go. A potential Hollywood writers' strike is to blame. More here.


Exciting news for "Buffy" fans: Joss Whedon is producing a new show for Fox starring Eliza Dushku--it won't be about Dushku's "Buffy" character Faith, though.

"Dollhouse," "deals with our darkest impulses and our best ones,” Whedon says. “It deals with all the things I like to deal with—strength, weakness, power and corruption.”

“Dollhouse” stars Dushku as Echo, one of a group of secret agents living in a futuristic dorm. Each has the ability to be imprinted with custom personalities and abilities for special assignments. When they return, their newly acquired memories are wiped. The show follows Echo as she takes on a variety of assignments—some romantic, some adventurous, some uplifting, some illegal—and gains awareness of her role and confinement.


Harry Potter is gone, but J.K. Rowling can't let go of Hogwarts in her new book, a collection of five wizarding tales entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." However, most of us will likely never read them.

Attentive readers will recognise the title as that of the book given by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore to Harry's friend and intellectual aide-de-camp, Hermione Granger, in the seventh and final instalment of the boy wizard's adventures, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Its contents provide clues that help Harry and his companions foil the machinations of the evil Lord Voldemort.

...Only seven copies of the book, which Rowling handwrote and personally illustrated, are being printed. Six have been given as gifts to people closely connected with the Harry Potter books over the years of their gestation; the other is being auctioned next month to raise money for Rowling's charity, The Children's Voice, dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in eastern Europe. The volume, bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones, will be auctioned at Sotheby's on December 13 with a starting price of £30,000.


A Black Canary-ish character will appear on the Superboy-ish show "Smallville."

Like her comic-book counterpart, Smallville’s version is a martial arts expert whose superpower is a “canary cry” — a high-pitched scream that can shatter objects and take down opponents. And, yes, she will sport the fishnet stockings that are a trademark of the character’s costume.


Deal alert: TwoMorrows Publishing is offering half off back issues of its cool comics-themed publications, such as The Jack Kirby Collector, Alter-Ego and, um, Back Issue! Check 'em out.


Hear Paul McCartney's performance at the BBC's recent Electric Proms concert.


Daniel Craig is set to play James Bond for a long time.

Actor Daniel Craig has signed a $60m (€41m) deal to star in the next four 'James Bond' films.


Here are a couple of new movie posters:

"I'm Not There," featuring an array of stars--male and female--playing Bob Dylan.

And a new one for Disney's upcoming "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" adaptation.


Heath Ledger will star in a new fantasy film by Terry Gilliam, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer round out the cast.

Pic is a modern-day fantasy adventure that centers on Dr. Parnassus (Plummer), who has the gift of guiding the imaginations of others.


Via Mark Evanier: A salute to Carl Stalling, composer/arranger of classic Looney Tunes music.